July Fourth

You want to hear me get sappy?  Ask me to talk about McKinney, TX.  I could gush all day about this town that I call home.  I love McKinney. I am so thankful that we live here.  I did a whole post on McKinney one time that you can read HERE.  So, if you want to hear me gush…ask about McKinney.  Or the Red Sox 😉 .

On Tuesday morning, we gathered on our town square for the annual parade.  This is one of my FAVORITE McKinney traditions.  This year was extra special for our family because it was Madeley’s first Fourth 🙂 .  I decided to just let the pictures speak for themselves this year.  Most are from our iPhones but the ones at the end are pictures my professional photographer friend, Brooke, took (the one who adopted Willow this year!).

So, from my town to yours…here’s hoping you had a great Fourth too!






































Happy Fourth of July from these three cuties who, this time last year, were all in orphanages across China.  God is good, friends!


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  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog July 6, 2017 at 4:44 am

    How festive! Your family is the cutest! I love seeing all the 4th of July celebrations you guys had in the US – makes me wish we had a “4th of July” ourselves here too! Haha!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Reply Shelley Holden July 6, 2017 at 4:47 am

    That last picture….be still my heart! Precious girls!

  • Reply Elspeth Mizner July 6, 2017 at 5:15 am

    This is so sweet! What a fun place McKinney is!!! Where is your shirt from Shay?! Super cute!! I attempted to make some 4 of July treats for the day. Did you have any recipes?

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama July 6, 2017 at 5:51 am

      My shirt is from Ily Couture online! And yes, I have a ton of July 4th recipes :).

      • Reply Elspeth Mizner July 6, 2017 at 7:46 am

        Yay!!!! thank you! Good luck with Ashby’s procedure today. May God Bless her!!! Prayers for a speedy recovery!

  • Reply Bethany July 6, 2017 at 5:22 am

    This is precious and so special! Happy Independence Day!

  • Reply Heather Bramlett July 6, 2017 at 5:39 am

    All great pictures. But that last one…oh my!

  • Reply Carly July 6, 2017 at 6:15 am

    All the pictures of Madeley and Britt are so cute. The ones of Ashby smiling is my favorite too. I love the dresses the littlest are wearing!

  • Reply Sheaffer Sims July 6, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Wonderful pictures! The one with Madeley’s little arm around Britt!!!! OMG!

  • Reply Lizzie @ This Happy Life July 6, 2017 at 6:32 am

    What awesome pictures!!!! Looks like the best 4th!

  • Reply Lauren July 6, 2017 at 7:13 am

    I can’t be the only one curious… where’s the gals red stripe/blue star dress from??? So fun and festive!

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama July 6, 2017 at 9:18 am


  • Reply Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams July 6, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Great photos! Love everyones outfits. It looks like such a special town 🙂

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Reply April Parrish July 6, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Love these precious pics!!! You’re right- God is good!!! Have a blessed day!

  • Reply Erika Slaughter July 6, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Such a great Fourth and I could gush on our town too! :). That picture of those three girls makes me tear up. God is good.

  • Reply Jess July 6, 2017 at 7:32 am

    That pic of Madely holding Britt is the cutest! And that last pic? Be still my heart is right! God is so good and what a blessing those three are 💕

  • Reply Meagan Ruse July 6, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Oh how we love McKinney! The square is my absolute favorite. It always feels like you’re on a movie set of the most perfect little town! The pictures of all our kids- Madely snuggled in Holden’s lap!!!! My heart! My kids are already asking when the next parade is! I’m actually just excited as they are!

  • Reply Angelique July 6, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Fourth of July colors make the BEST photos! As always, your family is adorable. And, I don’t know how I haven’t noticed before but your hair is getting so long! It looks great.

  • Reply Beth Miller July 6, 2017 at 7:49 am

    My town of Franklin, TN is so similar to McKinney! Our neighborhood does a huge July Fourth parade complete with yearly theme. This year was ICE, and a small section of our street went as characters from Frozen. Our neighbor made a wagon into a sleigh, and the kids dressed up and tossed candy along the parade route. It was precious, and they won the small float category! It’s so wonderful to raise a family in the comfort of a small town. I know exactly how you feel!

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama July 6, 2017 at 9:17 am

      I’ve been to Franklin! And YES, I totally agree!!

  • Reply Rebecca Purdie July 6, 2017 at 7:53 am

    I love seeing all of the pictures.
    The last picture is worth a thousand words. Beautiful little girls.
    Enjoy your day!

  • Reply Beth Glidden July 6, 2017 at 7:59 am

    This was my first 4th of July as a McKinney resident and the parade did not disappoint! Love the small town feel of this town!

  • Reply Katie Godwin July 6, 2017 at 8:08 am

    I made three of your July 4th recipes for Tuesday, the blueberry bars, the white chocolate strawberry neiman marcus bars (everyone’s favorite and mine!), and the Red, White, and Blueberry Cheesecake 🙂 Thank you for such easy recipes! Every holiday I host has your mix n match recipes 🙂

  • Reply Laura @ Laura Likes Design July 6, 2017 at 8:15 am

    This makes me want to visit McKinney! I love everyone’s festive outfits!

  • Reply Erin Blum July 6, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Your family and your friends families are just picture perfect!! Random note…my husband and I were watching cutthroat kitchen on the food network last night and one young girl was from McKinney Texas! I said “HEY! I follow a blogger from there.” lol Happy 4th to you & your sweet family. 🙂

  • Reply nichole July 6, 2017 at 8:17 am

    That picture of Madeley with her arm around Britt? Melts my heart.

  • Reply Nicole in WI July 6, 2017 at 8:22 am

    OMG I want your friends stars and stripes dress. Any chance you know where that is from?

    Adorable pictures.

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama July 6, 2017 at 9:17 am

      She said Amazon!!

    • Reply Ashley July 7, 2017 at 9:18 am

      YES I was wondering that same thing, it looks like a jumpsuit!!

  • Reply Kristin July 6, 2017 at 8:26 am

    That last picture! Oh my heart!

  • Reply Kara July 6, 2017 at 8:36 am

    The picture with Madeley and Britt is my favorite!!! I love how Madeley has just “taken” to Britt.

  • Reply Amy July 6, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Love these! Especially the last one 🙂

  • Reply Terri July 6, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Love your shirt! I feel like I have seen it before but may I ask where you got it from?
    I love your blog and your sweet family.

  • Reply Jenny byrd July 6, 2017 at 8:49 am

    After moving from Mckinney last month I have to say that yes, it is a special place and you are blessed to live there!

  • Reply Erin Sutch July 6, 2017 at 8:57 am

    So much fun packed into one morning! The last pic is beyond words! Lucky little girls, and lucky families who love them!

  • Reply Laura Bake July 6, 2017 at 8:57 am

    LOVE This! I’d love to read an article about how you and your group of friends all met!

  • Reply Shawnna Griffin July 6, 2017 at 9:19 am

    hey girl- love the post! cool pics! I’m not to far from y’all up here in Shawnee,OK!!

  • Reply Lindsey July 6, 2017 at 9:37 am

    That last picture…so sweet!! My other faves are the ones where Britt is fussy looking and you can see the concern/caring all over sweet Madeley’s face!

  • Reply Brooke Richardson July 6, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Another awesome parade in the books! I agree too, I found myself tearing up a few times. I just love our town!

  • Reply Tracy July 6, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Love all the red, white & blue! Looks like a fun morning.

    • Reply Tracy July 7, 2017 at 7:46 am

      I forgot to ask about the rest of your day — you didn’t tell us about the party bus! That looked like fun! 🙂

  • Reply Lindsay D July 6, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Cue the tears after that last picture! God is amazing!!

  • Reply Whitney Pegram July 6, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Cutest little town!! And your hair is getting so long! LOVE it!

  • Reply Lauren July 6, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Where are your glasses from? Do you have multiple pairs of ray ban aviators? 🙂

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama July 6, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      Those are from Nordstrom and they’re about 2.5 years old. I keep those things forever!

  • Reply cassie {hi sugarplum} July 6, 2017 at 10:24 am

    I just love your Fourth post!!! I look forward to all those darling faces and your cute patriotic outfits!!! Such a fun day!

  • Reply Vivian July 6, 2017 at 10:24 am

    All the kids are super cute and sweet!!

  • Reply Olivia July 6, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Love that last photo!! <3

  • Reply Amy Rae DeVito July 6, 2017 at 11:28 am

    What a special and beautiful post! Your town sure does know how to celebrate the Fourth! <3 Great photos!!! That last one brought tears to my eyes. God is so good!!

  • Reply Corbie July 6, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Oh my gosh. That last picture got me. Wow.

  • Reply Nicole D July 6, 2017 at 11:37 am

    I had the pleasure of visiting McKinney while I was on a business trip in June. I had the best iced latte at Filtered- I think it was lavender vanilla! Such an adorable town square, I wish I had more time to walk around!

  • Reply Vicki July 6, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Love all the photos, but particularly the one of Madeley with her arm around Britt. Gorgeous!

  • Reply Emilee Lopez July 6, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Does your friend in the first selfie have a connection to Guatemala? I can spot a Guatemalan-made item from a mile away! Cute pictures!

  • Reply Alexis deZayas July 6, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    That last picture is powerful. Such a sweet day!

  • Reply Shelly July 6, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Love these pictures! Madeley has already grown and changed so much. Loving your shirt too!

  • Reply Beth July 6, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Does Ray Ban still make your sunglasses. I really like how they fade/change at the bottom. Also love your friend’s American flag dress. And all the kids are so cute in their red, white and blue.

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama July 7, 2017 at 5:06 am

      Yes! They’re Ray Bans!

  • Reply polly July 6, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I am in the process of adoption from another country and needing to settle on some things. Please, if you are willing to share–Did you consider keeping your daughters Chinese names as a way of keeping them connected to their birth culture and birth identity? Why did you decide not to? I totally understand if this is too personal to share.

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama July 7, 2017 at 5:05 am

      I love that you’re in the process of adopting too!! You will be so blessed!! Okay, both of our girls’ names were assigned to them at the orphanage and they were not called them (because it’s too hard to keep up with so many kids’ names), so the names didn’t have any significance or importance. They were just names for paper.

  • Reply Jeanie July 6, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    My mother’s maiden name was McKinney, so I can’t help but be somewhat fascinated when you talk about your little town.

  • Reply Mari July 7, 2017 at 2:22 am

    Shay, I just love how many kids are there right in front of the parade!! Seriously the best part! When we get together with all of our friends and family it’s a similar view and I just can’t get enough.

  • Reply Patty Richey July 7, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Love the popsicle dresses….Kat and Jack?


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  • Reply Lara Brown July 7, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I love McKinney!! I use to visit when I lived in North Plano. I am actually going up there for the weekend on July 27th. The community is amazing!

  • Reply Angela Ellingson July 8, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Such a fun tradition! So many beautiful photos! Those last two pictures especially melt my heart.

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